Ever since Mary Louise stepped one sensible loafer into Monterey on Season 2 of Big Little Lies, fans of the show have wanted to do one thing: slap her, despite the fact that she is Meryl Streep in disguise. So Celeste slapping Mary Louise on Big Little Lies Episode 4 had Twitter going absolutely wild in response. Finally, their dream had been realized!
Mary Louise is not a woman who understands the concept of boundaries. She will show up at your favorite coffee shop, outside your apartment, or at your friend's early pumpkin-carving party. She is a champion lurker, but she doesn't stop there, oh no. She'll take any opportunity she can to deny the experiences of abuse victims. That's what earned her a slap from Celeste: Mary Louise decided to move into Jane's building, then continued to express her doubts about the night of Jane's rape. She even implied Celeste was at fault for driving Perry into the arms of other women. It was a moment that really deserved a slap, and Celeste didn't hold back (though she did apologize afterwards).
Unfortunately, the impulsive action may cause more trouble for Celeste down the line, even if it was supremely satisfying in the moment. From reactions on Twitter, that slap was definitely cathartic.
Slap Heard 'Round The World
Dramatic slaps are a staple in soap operas, but having one rendered on an HBO prestige show with two Oscar-winning actresses? That's what is scientifically called a chef's kiss moment.
I Would Wallpaper My House With It
I expect gifs of Celeste slapping Mary Louise to be inescapable on Twitter. I hope that it becomes as popular as that picture of Kim K sobbing, and that soon you can find it replicated on phone cases and stickers.
Oh, THAT'S What Camp Is
If you had any lingering questions about the nature of camp after this year's Met Ball, now you have your answer. Tonight on Big Little Lies, you saw it with your own eyes.
Play It Again, Please
The Shade Of It All
This Is What Pure Joy Feels Like
A True Celebration
Great Work, Everyone
As much as Celeste might have enjoyed letting her true feelings out, slapping your kids' grandmother is not ever the best course of action. Not least because Mary Louise is willing to use it as further evidence against her in a custody hearing.